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Germany to start deporting Syrian refugees from 2021

Syrian migrants walk towards the Greece border on a road near Edirne, Turkey, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTS165C

Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of the southern German federal state of Bavaria, stated on Friday that Germany will lift a ban on the expulsion of Syrian refugees who threaten the national security or have committed crimes to their homeland starting in 2021.

“It is obvious that the suspension of expulsion provided for by 31 December ends, this means that the usual regime comes into force again, that each individual case will be considered separately, namely, whether it is possible, whether it is justified, with the observance of human rights”, Herrmann said following a conference of German interior ministers.

Though the situation in the Middle Eastern country remained tense, Syrian refugees from neighboring nations are already returning to their homeland, the minister added.

Syria has been in a civil war since 2011, with the government forces led by President Bashar al Assad fighting a number of opposition groups and terrorist organizations. The war has destroyed the country, forcing millions of Syrians to leave their homeland.

Since 2012, Berlin has not deported Syrian migrants, who committed crimes or are considered by the authorities to pose a threat to public order, to the war-torn country. About 90 Syrians living in Germany are currently classified by law enforcement agencies as posing a security threat.

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